It’s not too early to think about deer season
By Larry Spradlin | Extension Agent/Agriculture

Aug. 7, 2005 -- I know that we are still early, but I have already received calls the last few days concerning deer hunting especially leases. And, I have just got a bulletin from the Texas Forestry Service concerning deer leases.

They suggested a few ideas that I thought might be of interest to some of you. As most of you deer hunters or deer hunting land owners know, deer hunting in Texas is a big business, and Hopkins County is no different. Here are just a few hints that may be of help to you hunting enthusiasts.

There is no better insurance for both parties than to have some type of written lease agreement. Some key points not to forget are the duration of the lease term, hunting weapons, and hunting method, such as shooting out of a blind only. Another, and probably the most important, is that the lease price, either by the day, per hunter, or per animal needs to be set. Another is the deer blinds — will the hunter bring their own, or will the land owner provide them? Lastly, one that I believe would be of great interest to the land owner, is clearing or improving the premises.

These are just a few of the details that need to be worked out before deer season, and I know that there are many more. If you have any questions concerning deer leases, you may contact me at the Hopkins County Extension Office, 228 Hinnant St., by calling 903-885-3443, or look on the Internet for more information at

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